The weather in Louisville, KY — the home of TechRepublic — is quickly turning chilly, so this week’s TROLOV (TR Out Loud on Video) tries to heat things up! If you’re not a fan of video, you can choose to just listen to the audio file.

Top discussion threads:

  1. Why programmers are not subject to protective labor laws
  2. Five super-secret features in Windows 7
  3. Crimeware: What I didn’t know
  4. I read banned books
  5. 10 more ways to detect computer malware

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Most “Thumbs Up” in the TR Questions arena over the past week

  1. Jacky Howe (14 thumbs)
  2. OH Smeg (7 thumbs)
  3. CG IT, OldER Mycroft, —TK—, and devtrends (3 thumbs)
  4. DMambo, seanferd, tmalo627, Nimmo, mczplwp, and boxfiddler (2 thumbs)

Most Comments in the TR Forums this week

  1. Michael Kassner (135 posts)
  2. OH Smeg (123 posts)
  3. jck (117 posts)
  4. NickNielsen (110 posts)
  5. Deadly Ernest (89 posts)

TR Member participation

Many thanks to Hal 9000, jamesski, Jacky Howe, Justin James, wthimmes, and snickodo for participating in the show. These folks are eligible for some free TR swag!

What do you think GG is thinking or saying?

The winning caption for the picture of Shellbot and gadgetgirl is “Oh, look! Something shiny!” — sent in by jdclyde.

We also have new photo caption contest! Watch the video to see the photo in question, and then send your captions to trol at

This week’s Question of the Week was submitted by wthimmes. He wants to know: “With online chat, web 2.0, simulation training, and virtual worlds, is classroom training dead?”

Voice messages, e-mails, and photos = swag
If you’d like to earn some free TR swag, send in an e-mail with a Question of the Week, and answer to the Question of the Week, comments, photos/photo captions, or original video clips to trol at You can also leave a voice message — our toll free number is (866) 414-CNET (2638) and our Skype ID is tr.out.loud.

We have lots and lots of swag. If you’d like a complete listing, shoot me an e-mail, and I’ll send a reply.